Douglas Carter Beane's Lysistrata Jones, a New Musical, Will Play on Basketball Court in NYC

News   Douglas Carter Beane's Lysistrata Jones, a New Musical, Will Play on Basketball Court in NYC
 
Off-Broadway's Transport Group will present the New York premiere of Lysistrata Jones, a new musical by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, Little Dog Laughed) and composer-lyricist Lewis Flinn (Divine Sister) on the basketball court of the Judson Memorial Church gymnasium in Greenwich Village.

Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn
Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Dan Knechtges (Xanadu, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will direct and choreograph. Previews begin May 2011 with an opening date to be announced.

According to TG, "In Aristophanes' Lysistrata, as you may remember from Theater 101, the women of Athens refuse sex until their men no longer make war. In Lysistrata Jones, a basketball/contempop riff on Aristophanes, the girls of Athens U refuse to give it up to their boyfriends on the basketball team until they win a game."

"Finding actors who can sing, dance, act, and dribble is proving quite easy," Flinn said in a statement "New York actors can do anything. But finding a basketball court in Manhattan that’s available between 8 o'clock and 10 o'clock was a toughie."

Beane added, "It's an honor to have our new musical produced by Transport Group, a company that has made its name presenting exciting new musical theater work, and to be at Judson Memorial Church, which has a long history of progressive politics and fighting the status quo."

The musical's director-choreographer Knechtges staged a previous production of the show at Dallas Theater Center under its working title Give It Up!

Cast and production team will be announced at a later date.

For more information about Transport Group visit www.transportgroup.org.

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